I'm going to give the OK for the SawStop to be shipped from Canada, should take 2 to 3 weeks to get here and clear customs.
Since I've finished moving the jointer and installing the SCMS station, I've now got space for the saw to go
There you can see the basic layout, the table (with the extension on it) is the same size as the saw will be, with both extension wings attached, as well as the 52" rails and the extension table, to the right. I'm going to add a 12 wide bench of sorts to the back edge of the saw, for one thing, I need somewhere to mount my woodworking vice and I also figure the extra width will not hurt things. I do have the extra space, I have nearly 4 feet of walking around space on both sides of the bench, as pictured, that is more than I've had for a VERY long time, so making that space 6" less on either side will not be a big deal.
next up, you can see the Phoenix bandsaw at the end of that table, I'm not sure it will go there, but it "Could" go there. I've seen a number of guys who have their bandsaws in the middle of the workshop, and it seems to work well. or, I could make the bench extend that way about two feet for more bench space
one thing is very clear, this saw is going to dominate the workshop
Looking towards the North end of the shop, you can see a bunch of stuff that I've yet to get out of the Dungeon, the DeWalt BT744 will go on Yahoo auction, and the mini DC I got will go up for auction as well. The router table will be built into the SawStop, maybe not right away, but at some point.
I've got to figure out the logistics of getting the saw from the street to the hatch, and then down the hatch
The saw, with the cabinet, and just the table top, no extension wings is 24" wide by 30" deep (61cm x 76cm). The hatch, fully open is 47" x 47" (120cm x 120 cm) Thus the main unit should go down in one piece into the Dungeon.
I'm thinking of just buying a couple of large casters and making a large cart for the saw, to get it from the curbside to the hatch, or I might use some pvc pipe, and roll it on the pipes
I asked SawStop about the power issues, the voltage I will be using is 200V and the Hertz is 50, this is the initial reply I got.......
That is all fine and dandy, but Fukumoto wants about $11,000 US for the saw, delivered to my house. yes you read that right, $11,000 US DollarsThe 208v machine will most likely run at 200v, but the lower voltage will cause the motor to run at a higher current and hotter temperatures. A step up converter might help, but we don't have much experience with these and we don't guarantee any results. In any case, the warranty will be void even with a converter.
The lower frequency (50hz rather than 60hz) will cause the motor to run 17% slower, which means the blade will not spin at the optimum speed for cutting wood. This is also true for our Japanese models, but we compensate by using a larger pulley on the motor. The larger motor pulley causes the blade to spin at the correct speed. You can replace the US pulley with a Japanese pulley if you want. Our p/n for the larger pulley is CB106 003. Our dealer in Japan, Fukumoto, should have them.
I am not sure if the saw is already on its way to you, but the ideal solution here would be to purchase one of our Japanese models from Fukumoto as opposed to importing a machine designed for United States electrical configurations. These machines are built specifically to work with the Japanese voltage system.
The price I paid for the saw is $4,600, plus another $700 for the shipping etc, so $5300 CANADIAN or about $4200 US, gee, I think I'll be importing one
Once this was explained to the SawStop guys, they have been very helpful.
It looks as if I'll not have to spend the extra money on a converter, I'll just get a larger pulley for the saw, and call it good, after all, 200 is only 4% less than 208, right? I can most likely get a fairly simple step up converter that will step from 200V to say 220V for not a lot of money, maybe I will get that, but at least I'll not have to worry about a step up converter that also changes the Hertz, those are big bucks.
So, what do you all think of the idea of the Bandsaw in the middle of the shop? I'd have to put the built in router table on the other end of the SawStop, I might even have to shift the rails to the left a foot or so